Work/Life/Travel Balance Archive


How Pricing Works for Organized Travel Tours

If someone books an organized tour or adventure excursion, what determines how much they’ll pay? Where does all that money go? I believe most of the people reading this blog are independent travelers. people who are good at figuring out how to get the best experience for the best price. My general


A Few Random Travel Life Items Worth Buying

I don’t do a lot of product-oriented posts on here unless I’m talking about a book of mine or when it’s time to go get some new travel gear. I figure you’re bombarded with enough “Buy Buy Buy!” messages all day without me piling on constantly. I usually just try to steer


Are You Getting Enough Vacations From Your Labor?

As this post goes up it’s Labor Day in the United States. Traditionally it’s been a day when we celebrate rights taken for granted that had to be fought for by dedicated troublemakers at some point. Things like overtime pay for factory workers, safety regulations, child labor regulations, sick pay, and worker’s


Hey You Stressbuckets: Take a Vacation Already!

I listened to a depressing story on NPR’s The World yesterday about the worsening vacation deficit in America. My idiotic countrymen and women are actually taking fewer vacations now than at any time in the past. This is despite the fact that unemployment has dropped drastically during Obama’s tenure. The trend is


5 Costs That Get Drastically Cheaper in Other Countries

I did a radio podcast interview last week where I got a question that comes up a lot when talking about living abroad. Why would your expenses drop if half by moving overseas? Specifically, which expenses drop so much that you can coast by on $2,000 a month instead of $4,000? Or